Sunday Feb 16, 2020. 11:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he does not want to see Mohamed Salah playing for Egypt at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Earlier this week, Salah was named in a preliminary squad 50-man squad for the Pharaohs’ participation in the men’s football tournament.
The event’s final is on August 8 – the same day as the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season, meaning Salah would miss pre-season with the Reds and likely their opening match.
The men’s Olympic football tournament is technically an U-23 event, but three overage players are allowed to be selected for each squad.
In addition, it is not mandatory for clubs to release their players for the Olympics. Egypt U-23 coach Shawky Gharib admitted that Liverpool have every right to stop Salah from playing at Tokyo if they choose to do so.
“Do I want to lose a player in pre-season? Of course not. That’s clear. But we have to consider different things. I will speak with Mo and all that stuff,” Reds manager Klopp is quoted by BBC.
Klopp says nobody has contacted the club regarding Salah’s involvement and discussion is “just in the media”.
“We are completely clear about what we want, but we need more information: how will it look, when will the preparation start, all that stuff,” he added. “No decision yet, but we will see.”